CPL Press Clippings
Thursday, February 18, 1988
Librarian shortage threatens services
By Susan Buck
[Caption: 'If we should have even one librarian leave, we would have difficulties filling the position.' — Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, Canton Public Library]
Technology, pay scales and a decline in the popularity of public service jobs are creating a shortage of public librarians in the nation, experts say.
In the past five years, public libraries have seen a dwindling of job applicants especially in children's librarian positions and those positions that require extensive technical knowledge.
As computer databases, cassettes and compact discs join newspapers, magazines and books, the United States is confronting a shortage of public librarians to help sort through the glut of information.
Volume 12 Number 86
Monday, May 18, 1987
Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin has been appointed assistant director of the Canton Public Library. Her appointment to this newly created position became effective April 27, 1987
Havenstein-Coughlin began work at the Canton Public Library prior to its opening in October 1980. She earned her bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Eastern Michigan University and her master's in library science from University of Michigan.
Carol Kuchta, an adult services librarian at the Canton Public Library since January 1982, has assumed Havenstein-Coughlin's duties as head of the reference department. Kuchta received both bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Michigan.
Canton Twp. to let readers check it out with no fee
By Dennis Niemiec
Free Press Staff Writer
Starting in January, patrons of the Canton Public Library can enjoy the likes of Danielle Steele, Jack Nicholson and Billy Joel — for free.
Canton Township's library board voted in September to discontinue a long-standing policy of charging rental fees for videos, compact discs and newly released books.
In so doing, Canton officials are reacting to a fundamental question regarding library services: Fee or free?
Since its opening in 1980, the Canton library had charged 10 cents a day to rent extra copies of books on the New York Times best-seller lists. One copy was circulated free.
By Diane Gale
A stream of visitors flooded Canton's new library on opening day Monday.
And responses about the new digs glowed.
"It's absolutely gorgeous," said Mary Giera, a Westland resident at the library Monday. Her husband, Chuck, said he was surprised by the large collection of computer related books.
"The layout is great," Mary said. "A lot of planning went into it."
The 31,500-square-foot library, next to township hall on Canton Center south of Proctor, features reading areas with a fireplace and tapestry, study areas, meeting rooms and an expansive children's section.
"It's a lot bigger than I expected," said Michelle McGrail, who was researching astrology in preparation for a speech.
Library gets rave reviews
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"We wanted to come down here and see what we're paying for," said Lee Schulte, a Canton resident, referring to a 1-mill tax approved in 1986. "It looks like they made plans for expansions."
He was on a self-guided tour Monday with his wife, Mary Ann, who said she was "eager to go home and tell" their two daughters in high school and college "that they have a great place to study."
MARY LINK of Canton compared the new with the old location, 12,000 square feet on the third floor of township hall. "It's nice and roomy" as opposed to "crowded and noisy," she said. "It's a lot easier to find things."
November 16, 1988
Volume 44, Number 46
Library doors open
By Jim Rink
ANP Staff Writer
Approximately 1,500 people attended an open house for the new Canton Public Library Nov. 13.
Members of the library staff celebrated the official opening of the $4.5-million facility on 1200 South Canton Center Road Monday, Nov. 14, when they welcomed their first customers.
"It was wonderful," said Library Director Jean Sebeysten-Tabor, "A really great turnout. It was surprising, it went very well. We received lots of positive comments and the people were very excited."
Tabor said it might be Dec. 1 before things are really all in place, but the building is basically finished and all 85,000 library books are back on refurbished shelves, waiting to be checked out.
Featured in the 31,000 square-foot facility is a 135-gallon aquarium, which will be stocked with salt water fish.
Library materials find new home
Monday, October 24, 1988
Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
The move is on.
Books, videocassettes and other library materials are in the process of being moved from the existing facility on the third floor of township hall on Canton Center to a shining new home a stone's throw away south of the administration building.
Hallett Co., a Chicago-based professional library and office mover, was called in to do the job for about $30,000, according to Dr. Jim Gillig, library board member.
Old shelves will be painted on the newly laid carpet without any worry of drips and spills, Gillig explained. All that's made possible by using an electrostatic process which draws the paint to metal surfaces.
by Ken Voyles
The move is on.
More than 90,000 books and other materials will be shifted as the Canton Public Library takes over its new quarters on Canton Center Road.
The library, which has been located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building since 1980, will be closed until after the move is completed. It closed on Sunday (Oct. 16) and will remain closed for service until Monday, Nov. 14.
Before re-opening, a public dedication and open house is planned for Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-4 p.m. The open house will feature a ribbon cutting, flag ceremony, refreshments and a preview of the new 31,500 square foot building.
"We can hardly wait," said Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, assistant director of the library. "We're running on adrenaline right now and that should keep us going."
"I think the public is as excited as we are," she added. "We've been planning this since 1985."
By Jim Rink
ANP Staff Writer
The Canton Eagle
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1988
© Copyright 1988
Associated Newspapers, Inc.
It looks like something you might expect to find in Egypt. Rising out of an old Canton cornfield, its littler pyramids poke into the sky, funneling sunlight onto the thousands of books below.
It's the new Canton Public Library, 1200 South Canton Center Road, just across the way from the Canton Township Municipal Building. The monumental process of moving from the old library on the third floor of the municipal building into the new 31,500-square-foot structure began Oct. 17.
The library is expected to reopen at it new location Nov. 14.
An open house celebrating the even will take place Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Jack Hallett, owner of Hallett Movers, has been moving libraries for 30 years. Hallett is moving the contents of the Canton Public Library into a new facility on Canton Center Road. When the paint is dry on the refurbished shelves, these books will be homeward bound.
[ANP photo by Ann Grimes / staff photographer]
Canton Eagle (USPS 303-170)
Work crews are out in full force at Canton's new library.
"We're trying a whole new concept for public libraries" with a receptionist who will answer phones as well as greet patrons, direct them and answer basic question, Sebestyen-Tabor said.
The new building is a stark contrast to the existing cramped quarters on the third floor at township hall, Sebestyen-Tabor said. All the furnishings, shelving and other equipment from the present library will be trucked across the street to the new site, she said.
The book collection will grow from 85,000 to 125,000 volumes, she said. And an elaborate computer system will be added sometime after the opening.
"ONE OF the biggest problems with the existing building is quiet," she said.
Sept. 8, 1988
New library putting out welcome mat
By Diane Gale
Rooms and decor in Canton's new library will look more like an inviting luxury home than a government building.
The 31,500-square-foot building next to township hall will be complete with a fireplace, windowed walls overlooking gardens, partitioned study areas and skylights all decorated in soothing plum, gray, pink, and green colors.
"We want it to be welcoming and warm," said Jean Sebestyen-Tabor, Canton library director. "We want to maintain an ambiance."
THERE ARE SPECIAL touches throughout. Like the front vestibule with a brass plaque dedicating the library to Canton residents who approved the 1-mill tax to pay for the building. The millage increase squeaked by with 28 votes.
Volume 14 Number 15
Thursday, September 8, 1988
Library almost ready
Donald Miller makes finishing touches at Canton's new library as he hangs shutters. The long awaited opening date is set for next month. Story and more pictures on Page 3A.
Construction fun in summer sun
Three electricians (top photo) from Durand Electric in Brighton enjoy their work despite temperatures in the 90s. Cindy Boyd, apprentice electrician (left) Patty Durand, journeyman electrician and Barb Rumschlag, first-year apprentice electrician, begin work on lighting fixtures for the new Canton Township Library.
ANP photos by Ann Grimes/staff photographer
By Susan Buck
Construction of the new Canton Public Library is running ahead of schedule, according to library director Jean Sebestyen-Tabor.
"The target date was originally mid-November but with the nice spring we've been having it's been moved up to mid-August,' said Sebestyen-Tabor. "Barring any unforeseen problems, we should be all moved in by mid-September. We won't go over the budget."
The brick work on the new library, south of the Canton Township Hall, is almost completed and installation of windows was scheduled for Wednesday, she sahd. The skylights still need to be installed.
"They have almost completed the storm sewer and water main and soon they will be starting on the sanitary sewer," said Sebestyen-Tabor.
The new library's total cost is $4.5 million, she said.
Workers are diligently completing the structure for the new multi-million dollar library on Canton Center Road in Canton Township. Harry Aretz, right, braved the strong winds and subfreezing temperatures while framing some metal studs. Jim McBride, below left, a carpenter and Warren Bostic, blow right, a welder and iron worker, hope to complete the structure on schedule. A grand opening is expected sometime this fall.
As a native of the Big Apple, Rebecca Baumgold often visited the magnificent New York Public Library. But she can't say it was a place she wanted to hole up and study or read for hours.
"It wasn't a welcoming place," Baumgold said.
At the Canton Public Library, where the West Bloomfield resident is the new marketing and communications manager, Baumgold sees a wholly different atmosphere than she experienced in New York.
"I like the community aspect of living in a small town. Having a library in my backyard is wonderful," said Baumgold, who moved to Michigan for her husband Jon's work as an ophthalmologist.
For the former magazine editor and hospital communications director, Baumgold admits marketing for a library will be a new adventure. "The concept of the library profession is brand new to me, but libraries personally have always been a part of my life," she said.
Despite all the high-technology filters available in the marketplace to block certain inappropriate sites from kids and teens surfing the Internet, parents may be the very best filters available.
"Parents should sit down and browse things with their kids. They should chat about what is inappropriate and why," said Carl Miller, Canton Public Library information technology specialist.
In the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows government to require libraries to filter all computers connected to the Internet - or lose certain federal money and grants - Miller says the answer may be as simple as a parent learning what their kids are surfing, teaching them what is inappropriate and knowing when to pull the plug.
"I think that's the answer," Miller said. "It's almost like putting kids in front of the TV and walking away."
No BenefitWhat possible benefit is there in setting aside a separate room - that has to be monitored - for adults to access pornography on the Internet? What possible good can come from this? What does this teach the children?
Is this all just an ego that says "I am more discerning than the rest of the country as to what the First Amendment says"? I will not use the Canton Library. I will strongly urge all my contacts within Canton to NOT support any millage for the library.